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How Many are Now Carrying a Cane?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by the iron horse, Nov 27, 2010.

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Do you carry a walking cane?

Poll closed Dec 27, 2010.
  1. Always

    10.0%
  2. Sometimes

    40.5%
  3. Never

    39.2%
  4. Concealed Carry is enough

    14.0%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

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    Nice canes.
     
  2. craftsman

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    Thanks. The home made cane stand can support 6 canes, I had to give up 2 to get the CS Blackthorn (if you're married, you understand). It is my own design, uses no nails or screws - totally glue-up, fits nicely against the wall near my night-stand.

    The CS sword cane is the Heavy Duty - and it really is heavy - nearly 2 lb, but with the quick release, you have a nice aluminum tube (like the CS Heavy walled blowgun) Escrima stick also.
     
  3. Deltaboy1984

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    Yep 19 years so far.
     
  4. Deltaboy1984

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    Bidding on a new cane on EBay.
     
  5. Deltaboy1984

    Deltaboy1984 Member

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    I won a Oak root ball cane made in Tennessee.
     
  6. kBob

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    I was picking up feed and such at Tractor Supply and my buggy got caught on some thing in the rack of ugly sticks crops and such. Investigating it turned out to be a hefty stock cane that for once was actually long enough for me. Said it was USA made but not what type of wood. Has a round cross section and is rather light colored. As soon as I find a rubber tip (it is bigger around than I have had so far) I will start carrying it in the truck for when I need it.

    I hope to post a picture after I find the tip I like and sand out one rough spot in the crook that I did not notice in the store and think was caused by my getting the cart hung up on it in the first place. I need to find the recommendations for "opening" the crook up stream I guess.

    Also dropping my daughter off for fencing yesterday I discovered that the oriental arts partner at her Sallon/ Dojo teaches Vietnamese stick fighting and while not crooked like my new cane about half the fighting sticks the fencing master pointed out were the same length as my walking stick. Hmm.....

    Anyway I figure with one kid gravitating to saber and the other to foil I might pick up some useful stuff from my kids......

    The straight sawed off broom handle with rubber tip on the end I have been carrying has seemed to bring little notice from most folks. While it is heavier and I feel stronger than my old made someplace else of some weird wood that eventually began to sort of de laminate, I did miss the crook.

    Been Watching Agatha Christy's Poirot from ITV of late and have been loving the canes. His favorite seems to be a black shiny thing with a silver swan for a grip but last night I saw him use a neat cane having a brass telescoping spy glass as a grip. Net stuff even if he only uses them to walk with or look through in that last case.

    One last thing, I am playing with a broken off shovel handle ( I think it is hickory and hard as a rock) to make a hiking staff for my BSA duties in my church sponsored troop. It broke right at the tool head (do not use wood handled shovels as a pry bar I told him!) and I plan to round the thick broken end and trim the handle end down to taper it to a diameter I can find a rubber tip for. It will be a bit shorter than the store bought hiking staffs but just the right higth for resting a camera on.


    -kBob
     
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  7. harmie

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    harmie

    I carry a cane when I travel which isn't often any more. It appears to be Cherry wood, but when the handle is pulled out of the cane-there is a 440 stainless steel blade about arms length.
    It's very sharp now but it took a long time to get there!
    Very good self defense. I have carried it everywhere and no one has ever questioned it!
     
  8. TheLazasaurus

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    I carry a brass hame head on a three-foot length of 1" diameter ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethelylene rod (both available on Amazon if you're into that sort of thing). I stuck a rubber disk on the end with contact cement.

    The hame is hollow, but I train to strike with the bottom three inches, anyway--the head is there to aid the grip, and to use while walking. I find that the angle of the hame creates a natural walking grip that shifts flawlessly to a striking grip, even during the initial strike. It's maybe three quarters of a pound.

    The uhmw is somewhat flexible, which contributes to its being entirely unbreakable. It also focuses power towards the tip, but is not so flexible as to hinder a thrust. It's about a pound, or a little more.

    The glued-on rubber foot has a low profile and does not provide any purchase to someone trying to grab the end.

    Total cost: $35. Total weight: under two pounds. The hame makes it look less "dapper" than a traditional cane head, and the black shaft makes it look less rustic than a wooden one. (In the city where I live, the only wooden walking sticks--excluding crooked canes--are carried by the homeless. Not sure why.)
     

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  9. Carl Levitian

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    "(In the city where I live, the only wooden walking sticks--excluding crooked canes--are carried by the homeless. Not sure why.)"

    I grew up in Washington D.C., and it's still my town that I live in the Maryland suburbs of. A lot of my time is spent downtown as I call it, and I can answer you on the sticks. In some of the less affluent parts of D.C., you will see a lot of rustic wood sticks being carried by the guys on the street. It's not a secret that a good stick isa heck of a legal weapon. The knife is the weapon of the street punk, and usually it's a stolen kitchen knife. A three foot piece of oak, hickory, ash, or hornbeam beats a paring knife any day, and the guys on the street know it. The stick carried openly is sending out a message; yeah, you can try to rob me, but there's going to be a fight." It seems to work for the people who have to live in the not so nice neighborhoods. The street punks who pull the muggings are basically low life cowards, and won't go against a victim that looks like they will fight back. Doesn't matter if they outnumber him 2 or 3 to 1, they are cowards looking for a no fight meal. Way easier to flash the knife at a brief case carrying guy in a nice suit who will be scared into handing over his wallet and cell phone, and then they are out of there.

    There's also the sport of 'bum kicking" where a group of young street slime assaults a homeless guy for no real reason, other than cheap fun. A stout club is a nice thing to have. It's a viable weapon for the homeless that doesn't cost anything, is legal everywhere, and is effective if you halfway know what you're doing with it. Beats a screw driver or paring knife.

    Cruise around any big city, and the closer you get to the low rent district, you will see more and more men walking around with a stick. Not using it to walk with, so it's obvious they don't need a cane, they are just carrying it. It's their way of broadcasting the message "Mess with me and there's going to be a fight, and I'm ready to start swinging."

    It works. Kind of like part of the city culture.
     
  10. D123

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    Be very careful, a swordstick is a prohibited weapon in many jurisdictions.
     
  11. Carl Levitian

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    Actually, most jurisdictions.
     
  12. TheLazasaurus

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    After posting about my uhmw cane, I did a bit more searching. It turns out that there is a crooked cane (called the "flex cane") of the same material--available in all sorts of fun colors. :scrutiny:

    I'll have to order one and have a look at the construction. Purely in the spirit of scientific inquiry, don't you know. :D
     
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    Quite true, there are probably very few places in the western world where it would be legal to carry a swordstick in public, but I thought I would err on the side of underestimating before getting slammed by "but it's allowed in XYZ" type posts ;).
     
  14. Deltaboy1984

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    I love my canes and I use them more all the time. I wish Sword canes were legal but I sold mine over 10 years ago.
     
  15. rtrwv

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    my cane

    I bought a canemaster 4 years ago and it goes everywhere with me! Seeing how the old depression creeps up now and again, the cane along with my flashlight keeps everyone who wants to keep me alive(me included) happy.:)
     
  16. Deltaboy1984

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    I been real HAPPY with those Tractor Supply Company Stock/ Show canes.
     
  17. DNS

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    I'm actually going to Tractor Supply this evening and will check those out. I'd be interested to see some of those customized ones you were talking about Delta.

    I have a hard time leaving things as is.;)
     
  18. Deltaboy1984

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    Sorry I don't have pictures of them. One I carved a crows beak and painted a crow face and set a pair of red eyes. The other I carved a old man in the tree face in the front of the cane just down from the curve of the cane. I set BB' s for his eyes and painted his face.
     
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  19. craftsman

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    KBob,

    For good luck, I always put a coin at the bottom of my cane tips, value depends on the size. Home Depot and Lowes (and other such stores) carry furniture tips, if you get one that is a little bit loose, wrap the cane bottom with a few passes of electrical or duct tape to tighten it up. Twist it on if needed, in the same direction as the tape wrap.

    For those old questions on using carbon fibre canes, mine weighs about 9 oz. Great for flash and speed, but as was stated - lateral strength ... next to none. One good > WHAP! < and it is shattered, and for the price - not happening.

    Stock canes (round or octagonal) are generally made from oak. The Cane Master martial arts canes, for $100. - I found one from Indonesia, Asian hardwood just as good as Oak - for $25. Exact same - copy of theirs at a quarter of the cost. Same grips, same point, same wide crook. Look back at pictures of it I posted here.
     
  20. DNS

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    Although I'm not carrying it regularly I did get a U.S. Whip cane from Tractor Supply. One inch thick of what wood I'm not sure but it's plenty hard. Smacked one of my hard backed home improvement books with it and the book has a permanent indentation now.

    Seems like a well spent $14.98 (sans rubber tip) and I do like the color. My hyper border collie hates it but does listen better. :)
     
  21. Deltaboy1984

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    I been quite well this Summer but raining days are making my bad leg throb. It seems every 6 months something gets better and some thing New will go South.
    Dad said it pains him to see he gets around better at 70 than I do at 48.
     
  22. kBob

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    Well the Tractor supply cane is working nicely. As for a tip.....I finally made it to the far end of the shop through ten year accumulation of junk are arrayed to where the crutches various family members have used were stored and found a single wooden crutch of a size no one will now use. (No, Tiny Tim has not passed, Ebinezer, my kids have just gotten to tall for the little crutch we stole from him) It had the perfect sized rubber foot/tip on it and the tip had a steel washer built into it already. Much less noisy walking on concrete and less slippery on tile now.

    -kBob
     
  23. Deltaboy1984

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    KBob my TSC has their canes on the Show Supplies aisle in a nice metal wire rack.

    But here in my area we host the County Youth Stock Show and we have a Live Stock Auction out on the edge of Town.
     
  24. george burns

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    Any links to places that make defensive canes?
     
  25. Deltaboy1984

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    Google Cane Masters.
     

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